A splendiferous book of wondercrump words that will be enjoyed by chiddlers and adult human beans alike.
This thesaurus has all the standard things you’d expect in a book about words – a pretty comprehensive list of synonyms, related words and phrases, idioms and word origins. However, it’s also a thesaurus with a difference. It’s different because the book focuses on the words used and created by literary genius (at least to fans of children’s books) Roald Dahl. Indeed, opening the pages of this book will be your ‘golden ticket’ to learn everything you need to know to describe the world of human beans, the world of nature, magic and witches, not to mention how to become fluent in global gobblefunk.
This isn’t a book you read from cover to cover (although, having said that, I can almost guarantee that some chiddlers will do exactly that!). However, it is a book that you may find hard to put down.
As an adult reader, I found it a perfect reminder of the full range of Roald Dahl’s stories from The Magic Finger to Matilda to George’s Marvellous Medicine (and, of course, all the others). Indeed, I spent quite some time savouring the childhood memories the various extracts and images provoked.
Putting nostalgia aside, I also thoroughly enjoyed the carefully selected quotes that Susan Rennie has chosen to illustrate each entry. More than once I stopped to reflect on the sheer skill of some of the descriptions, realising perhaps for the first time the reason why Dahl’s writing has stood the test of time. To illustrate this, here’s just one entry selected at random: “A band of light is a beam, ray or shaft of light. I switched on the torch. A brilliant beam of light reached ahead of me like a long white arm… – DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.”
For children, this is a gloriumptious opportunity to explore the world of Roald Dahl in more detail and to learn a lot about both the English language and Roald Dahl’s take on it. While the book has a fantabulous blend of fantastic and fabulous words that will provide hours of fun, the educational value should not be underestimated. It’s positively packed with facts and useful, as well as useless, information.
Any review of this book – and, indeed, these days any book by Roald Dahl – wouldn’t be complete without mention of the spliffling illustrations by Quentin Blake. What can I say? They are just another reason why this book is a must-buy for chiddlers and adult human beans alike.
If you enjoyed browsing and using this Thesaurus, you might want to check out the Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary which is also compiled by Susan Rennie utilising Roald Dahl’s wondercrump words and the spliffling pictures of Quentin Blake.
Publication date: November 2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press